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PHUKET: Two brothers wanted for the murder a man in Patong last month were arrested in their home province of Nongkhai and flown back to Phuket to face charges earlier this week.

Suphat “Tu” Tiangnoi, 26, and his younger brother Somchai “Bao Dam”, 23, were presented at a press conference at Kathu Police Station on Wednesday.

The pair were arrested in Nongkhai on Monday in a joint-operation conducted by Phuket and Nongkhai police.

Phuket officers led by Lt Col Sakon Banditsak escorted the brothers back to Phuket, where they arrived at Kathu Police Station the following evening.

The brothers were arrested for the September 23 murder of Aphichart Klangnak, who died of a single gunshot wound to the chest on Soi Phra Barami 5 in Patong.

Both men have been charged with premeditated murder.

Mr Suphat denied the charge, while his younger brother Mr Somchai confessed to shooting Mr Aphichart with a single shot “pen gun”.

Mr Suphat was quoted by police as saying he was walking alone along Soi Phra Barami at about 5pm on the night of the shooting when he got into a fight with a group of four youths, one of them being the late Mr Aphichart.

Outnumbered and being punched in the face, he called to his younger brother for help, he said.

Mr Somchai arrived at the scene on a motorcycle driven by a friend, identified as Somchoke Raksrithong.

During the fracas, Mr Aphichart tried to wrest Mr Somchai’s pen gun away from him.

Mr Somchai fired once, hitting him in the chest. The brothers then fled north on the motorbike, towards Kamala.

Mr Somchai tossed the murder weapon into the sea along the way, his older brother said.

After the shooting Mr Aphichart was rushed to Patong Hospital, where doctors were unable to save him

Mr Somchoke is still wanted by police.

— Pimwara Choksakulpan



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Phuket Town Beauty spa shooter kills himself in Saphan Hin

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UPDATE: The suspect in this morning’s shootings, 53 year old Chana Rodket from Songkhla, has shot and killed himself in Saphan His this afternoon. He was a housekeeper a the beauty spa where the shooting took place.

Earlier, a South Korean man and Thai woman were injured in a shooting at a beauty spa near Naka Market in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds. Wichit Police reports that they was notified of the incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ at 10.30am.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots. Blood-stained towels were found around the scene of the shooting.

The two people shot were 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim (father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa) and a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua, a staff member at the spa.

Both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

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Two shot in Phuket Town beauty spa this morning

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A South Korean man and Thai woman have been injured in spa shooting in Phuket Town.

The two sustained serious injuries from bullet wounds after having been shot at the spa in Wichit today.

Wichit Police reports that they was notified of an incident at ‘The Beauty Spa’ in Wichit at 10.30am this morning.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find two injuried from gun shots – a 74 year old South Korean man, Kwang Hee Kim, and father of Ms Eun Mi Kim, the owner of the Beauty Spa.

The other person injured was a 56 year old Thai woman named as Somsri Chuatonghua who is staff at the spa.

They were both taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital. The suspect, Somphon, a house-keeper at the spa, is currently being sought by police.

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TAT expects 2.3 million tourists for this year’s Songkran

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is expecting more than 2.3 million local and foreign tourists will join the various Songkran celebrations this year. They say that should generate 20 billion baht+ in revenue for tourism and tourism-related services.

TAT’s Governor Yuthasak Supasorn says 300,000 international arrivals are expected to celebrate the five day festival starting April 12, along with two million locals who will travel to celebrate Songkran this year. Songkran falling on a weekend this year will also bolster local tourism numbers.

The number of Songkran-specific visitors is up this year, partly because of the growing popularity of the festival internationally and the government extending the holiday to five days this year, now starting on April 12 (although ‘Songkran, the Thai New Year, is actually on April 13).

Songkran festival extended HERE.

He admits that the bad publicity about the poor air quality in the northern regions is a problem, especially around Chiang Mai which has become a big international visitor favorite over recent yers.

Chiang Mai is one of nine provinces in the North struggling with smoke haze, mostly because of open-air burning of farm waste and rubbish, and localised bush fires. The heavy smog has caused temporary suspension of flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son although flights into Chiang Mai have been unaffected so far.

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